Midd. church plans holiday shop for Nov. 5

MIDDLEBURY — The Congregational Church of Middlebury will hold its annual Holiday Bazaar in Fellowship Hall, on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
New for this year, the hugely popular attic treasures spaces will be expanded to a canopy covered outdoor area next to the Seymour Street entrance (weather permitting) to accommodate the increased number of items the church expects to have for sale. In addition, the “Finer Things” room will be stuffed to the rafters with a wide array of unique offerings.
There will also be beautifully handmade articles of clothing, aprons, totes, wall hangings, pillows and much more — both for children and adults. The jewelry and scarf table, which was introduced in 2015 and proved to be quite a hit, will also have many unusual items for sale. The men’s crafts table will include a variety of handcrafted items and restored to like-new vintage toys, along with parquet patterned cutting boards, quilt racks and holiday theme center pieces.
A variety of fresh, homemade cakes, pies, cookies, breads and canned goods will be offered for sale, either to take home or just to enjoy as part of a tasty lunch during the Bazaar. And consider picking up one of the “soup to go” offerings, for a future ready-to-serve-and-eat meal. The gardening center will feature indoor and outdoor plants, bulbs, seeds and other gardening related items for sale.
Santa will be visiting from 10 a.m. to noon. Folks of all ages are welcome to have their pictures taken with him next to the decorated Christmas tree. As in the past, the 2016 Bazaar will include a quilt raffle. This year’s prize is another cleverly hand crafted creation. It measures 78 by 91 inches (double bed size), and depicts a winter theme in pastel colors.
Raffle tickets are $2 each, or six for $10. The drawing will be held Sunday, Nov. 8, at 11:30 a.m. Proceeds from the Holiday Bazaar will help support such local outreach efforts as the community lunches and suppers and the winter emergency shelter program.

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